Alumni Newsletter

Fall 1999

Graduate News:

It is really great to hear from the graduates out there. The following are graduates who have sent us recent updates:

Shannon Polgreen (1999) is training, showing, and teaching at Spring Valley Equestrian Center in Newton, NJ. For this season she won the Reserve Champion open hunter under saddle division with a four year old appaloosa that she had the pleasure of finishing. Rebekah Hills (1999) is an apprentice trainer in Phoenix, AZ. Carol Baker (1993) is the Senior Dressage Instructor for Potomac Horse Center. Jennifer Cotton (1982) is a ranch manager in Bryan, TX. She is doing dressage and combined driving as well as breeding horses. Jon Gillham (1995) is an assistant trainer for Bill Riddle Cutting Horses in Ringling, OK. Julie Farmer (1977) is the owner of Tower Stables in Webb City, MO. Nancy Hawthorn(Ellis "Spock") (1977) is the co-owner of Flying H Farm in Sims, AR. She is also the owner of Equine Sports Services. Nancy has assorted AQHA Awards. She is married to a farrier who is "a really great guy!" Tiffeny Higgins (Freese) (1991) is the owner of her own facility in Fountaintown, IN. Tiffeny is competing in NRHA events and doing a lot of teaching. Jessica Elsey (1997) is working in Richmond, VA. Jessica says the trainer that she is working for has nice dressage and jumping prospects for sale. If anyone is interested they can e-mail her at or call at 804-749-3636. Lisa Westmorland (George) (1977) is the owner/manager of a paint horse breeding and training facility in Gainesville, GA. Lisa trained and showed the #2 Lifetime Hi-Point Western Riding Horse in APHA. Heather Davidson (Bastian) (1988) is a hunter and dressage instructor at Morton Grove Equestrian Center in Schaumburg, IL. Heather is currently competing at Prix St. Georges in dressage. John Digney (1987) is a full time farrier located in Barboursville, VA. John is an AFA certified farrier and starts some young horses every summer. Dyanne Crotty (Rocchio) (1978) is a self employed trainer and instructor in South Hamilton, MA. Dyanne won AHSA Zone 1 Second Level Horse of the Year. Stephanie Kappes (Cey) (1994) is the owner of Treasure State Equestrian Center in Lolo, MT. Stephanie also teaches riding for the University of Montana. Susanne Verkleir (Foose) (1979) is an advanced Business Analyst living in Amsterdam, NY. Susanne was awarded USDF Rider Achievement Award. Suzy Trefsgar (Davis) (1979) is a Microbiologist Supervisor with the VA Dept. of Agriculture. Suzy lives in Amherst, VA. Julie Bohlander (Symens) (1983) is living in Britton, SD. Julie is busy with home and family and has been a Key leader for the county 4-H horse program for 12 years. Renee Gore (Judi Lower-Matthews) (1983) is a free lance riding instructor. She is living in Melbourne, FL. Joseph and Enika (Lucio) Schembari (1998) are living in Hanover, MA where Enika is teaching and training and Joe is starting a farrier business. They have a baby son, Joseph Jr. Amy Lindesmith (Krueger) is trying to locate Susan Strobel. Anyone who can help her can contact Amy at 870 S. Patterson Rd. Midland, MI 48640 or e-mail her at Jennifer Pearson (1993) was the Equestrian Program Specialist at The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, CT. The camp was founded by Paul Newman for children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Jen is living in Cedar Rapids, IA. Jeanne Merica (1979) is living in Traverse City, MI where she owns a trailer sales business. Anyone interested in purchasing a Sooner aluminum horse trailer can contact Jeanne at Maryann Mosley (1995) is the assistant manager at Rinneís Conoco Cabin and is living and working on a farm in Roby, MO where they have rebuilt the horse barn and have horses in training. Jody Hoch (1979) is a Programmer/Analyst Supervisor working for the Ohio Department of Human Services. She is the co-owner of a 67 acre farm in Centerburg, OH where they raise Christmas trees, hay, and miniature horses. They won a total of 9 top ten awards at the Nationals this year. They recently exported two fillies bred by them to a veterinarian in Sweden. Jody would love to hear from any of her old buddies. You can e-mail her at Valerie Willis (Howard) (1984) is a riding instructor and Mom. She is living in Wedgefield, SC. Chris Wiese (Kuscsik) (1984) is the owner/manager of a riding stable in Alberta, Canada. If you havenít contacted us with a recent update on where you are, or what you are doing please do and we will include you in the next newsletter!

Campus News

We had a lot of projects going on this summer. The dorm, classroom, garage apartment, and barracks were all painted red . They look great! All the arena roofs also got a new coat of paint this summer. Several barns had roofs replaced. New corn bins were installed (no more corn trailers) along greebie road.

Several of the semi-private rooms in the girls dorm were divided to make private rooms and two Graduate Assistant rooms with outside entrances were added.

The top of the hill was leveled and a jump course was set up. It looks great up there and is a favorite place for all riding disciplines in good weather. A new road was also built to the top of the hill which isnít nearly as steep as the original road. Now you can go up the tough way or the easier way!

Plans are underway to move the maintenance shop to the fort and change what is now maintenance back to a barn. We have changed all barns to box stalls and currently have 135 stalls available. The change will give us an additional 20 stalls.

Meredith Manor Graduate Selected For Pan American Games

Lynda Alicki-Gilchrist, a 1984 Meredith Manor graduate, was selected to represent the United States in Dressage for the recent Pan American Games. Lynda is a dressage trainer, clinician, and instructor. She resides at J.S. Aerie Farm in Monroe, GA. Lynda is a U.S.D.F. Bronze, Silver, and Gold medalist. Our congratulations go out to Lynda!

I want to thank you for the amazing education that you gave me. The fantastic amount that I learned at MM gave me a rock solid foundation that I have built on over the years. For your dedication, vision and absolute practicality I thank you!
Bekah (Bailey) Murchison: 1992 Riding Master I Graduate